In the fall of 2018, I worked with Don Undeen, Manager of Georgetown University’s Maker Hub, to create a new Dynamic Delta Model that introduces a moveable midpoint. This moveable midpoint reflects the different depths to which legal professionals need to master each of these competencies. In this way, the model can retain the brilliance of the T-shaped Lawyer’s differentiation between a mastery of legal knowledge & skills and a broad understanding of data, process, and technology. To create this differentiation, the midpoint can be moved to create the visualization of more or less depth in each competency area. As the midpoint moves, the surface area associated with each set of competencies grows or shrinks, representing the depth to which an individual needs to master each competency. The more surface area created, the greater depth of mastery the professional needs to gain. With additional research, we can create a standardized competency map for different types of careers: Big Law, Legal Solutions Architect, Solo Practitioner, Public Interest Attorney, Legal Operations, General Counsel, etc.
Individuals can use these different career competency maps to determine how much training in each competency they need in order to successfully pursue different careers. To fully realize the benefit of this more dynamic model, we could also design an assessment that determines the individuals pre-existing skills and overlay that assessment on top of the chosen career competency map and visually see the areas he needs to develop. For instance, a law student with an existing skill set in computer science pursuing a career in Big Law might determine that they have sufficient training in computer science but need to develop more skills in personal effectiveness skills. The combination of different delta model competency maps and individualized assessments allows an individual to more successfully tailor their curricular and professional development choices based on their existing skillset and the skills need for a particular career.